Which Lash Enhancement is Right for You?

Eyelashes can make a huge difference in the way you look. Both eyelash perms and extensions have lasting effects of up to a few months if taken care of properly. If you are having trouble trying to decide what is best for you, I will go over the procedure, maintenance, and cost.

Eyelash Lift

An eyelash perm is a semi-permanent treatment to curl your natural lashes upward. Dyes can be added too. This will give the illusion that you have larger eyelashes and will create a more doe-eyed look. An eyelash perm can last for 1 to 3 months with the proper care.

How is it done? An eyelash roll is placed on the eyelid and the lashes are fixed to the roll. A gel is dabbed onto the eyelashes. The poll is removed, and your eyelashes will remain that way for 6-8 weeks. A dye can be added if your lashes are light in color.

There is very low maintenance with an eyelash lift. Unlike lash extensions, rubbing your eyelashes will not cause them to fall off.

This is for someone who is looking for maintenance and a more natural look to wear on a daily basis. Here at JYS, I offer the YUMI lash treatment for $149.

Eyelash Extensions

            A pad is placed under the eye and you are asked to close your eyes. I go through your lashes applying extensions to every, or every other, lash with a medical-grade adhesive. Extensions vary in length, thickness, and curl.

            With lash extensions, you need to try not to rub your eyes. Touch-ups are required every 2-3 weeks.

 If you have short or sparse lashes, eyelash extensions are a good investment. I offer classic, volume, and hybrid lashes. Classic lashes are the most natural extensions, volume lashes are dramatic, and hybrid lashes give you the best of both worlds.

A new set of lashes is $230. A 60-minute lash fill is $69 for classic, $86 for hybrid, and $98 for volume/mink.

Hopefully, this has helped you determine what type of lash enhancement is right for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Lash Cleansers

Lash extensions are synthetic fibers that are attached to the natural lashes using medical-grade adhesive. They come in different sizes and curl width options. Lash extensions are great to make your eyes appear wider and more lifted. These are customizable too unlike lash strips. As your natural lashes shed, usually about six weeks for each eyelash, your extensions will come off as well. To keep your lashes healthy and in place, it is important to clean the lashes.

  1. Avoid wearing any eye makeup as best as you can. You can still wear eyeliner but be careful how you remove it. Make sure to take off all your makeup at the end of the day because letting makeup build up around your extensions can cause them to come off early. Avoid glycerin and oil-based makeup products. This can cause the adhesive to break down prematurely and eyelashes to fall out. Mineral-based, or eyelash extension safe makeup is the best bet when it comes to cleansers. Avoid using non-eyelash approved eyeliners or mascaras because they can add too much weight to the hair follicle and cause them to fall out.
  2. Use an oil-free makeup remover. The true first step in effective cleansing is to use formulas that are specifically made for lash extensions. Other products may contain ingredients that can weaken the bond of your lash extensions and cause them to shed prematurely. If you are making an investment in extensions, you don’t want to see them go to waste. To remove lash mascara, use an oil-free remover, use a few pumps of the remover on a spoolie brush or disposable mascara wand and brush through several; times to help break down the mascara and remove any debris.
  3. Do not use cotton pads or swabs. The cotton can snag and rip out the lashes. So, after brushing through with the makeup remover, dab with a tissue to remove the product and repeat this step until all the mascara is gone.

We carry three different lash cleansers at Joanna Young Skin. The Global Beauty Gentle Cleanse, the Bella Lash Lash Cleanser with Makeup Remover, and the cleanLash by Novalash which is a 3 in 1 makeup remover, cleanser, and conditioner. I recommend using one of these three products as well as a silk pillow to keep the lashes from snagging while you sleep. Conditioning serums are great if you are caught in between appointments which will keep your natural lashes in good shape.

Sorella Apothecary Skin Care Regime

Trying to find a routine that is perfect for your skin can be tricky, especially because everyone has slightly different skin concerns. Many of you know I love Sorella Apothecary and can’t get enough of their products. I devised a list of products that are perfect for your skin type. Most products listed are found in my spa and were chosen for cleansing and prepping, treating and correcting, moisturizing and protecting, and exfoliating and nourishing that may be implemented into your skin routine.

Dry skin

         This is perfect for those who have concerns about preventative aging, aging skin, and/or sporadic breakouts.

  1. To cleanse your face, I suggest using the Apricot Mango Cleansing Milk followed by a Watermelon Mint Hydrating mist in both the morning and evenings.
  2. After cleansing, I suggest using the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum as well as the Lemon Lightening Serum to treat and correct the skin in both the morning and evenings.
  3. To moisturize and protect use the Blueberry Milk Moisturizer in the morning and night and The Balm at night only.
  4. Exfoliating and Nourishing the skin is very important. The Papaya & Pumpkin Mask, Cherry Pepper Peel, and Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant are my personal favorites.
  5. Additional products that are good for dry skin are the All Night Elixir and the Facial in a Bottle.

Normal or Combination Skin

         This is perfect for those who are concerned about preventative aging, aging skin, sporadic breakouts, and/or just sensitive.

  1. To start off your mornings and in the evenings, I suggest using the Orange You Jelly Cleanser and the Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist, twice a day of course.
  2. Treating and correcting can be done with the Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum and the Pomegranate Acai Serum on both the morning and night.
  3. Blueberry Milk Moisturizers are great for moisturizing and protecting and should be applied twice a day. I also suggest using the Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 in the morning.
  4. Exfoliate and nourish with the Cherry Pepper Peel or the Papaya & Pumpkin Mask.
  5. In addition to these products I also suggest using The Balm, All Night Elixir, and the Blackberry Lime Fruitfoliant.

Oily or Combination Skin

         These products are specifically chosen for those who have sensitive skin, frequent or severe breakouts, and/or are concerned about preventative aging or aging skin.

  1. I love using the Orange You Jelly Cleanser for cleaning and prepping my face twice a day. This can be paired nicely with the Spiced Wine Toner and the Watermelon Mint Hydrating Mist at morning and night, or the Lychee Willow Bark Deep Clean twice a week.
  2. The Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum is great to treat and correct skin concerns twice a day, especially when paired with the Pomegranate Acai Antioxidant Serum or the Facial in a Bottle.
  3. Daily Greens Moisturizer will moisturize and protect your skin if used twice a day. The Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 is a great addition to your morning routine as well.
  4. My top three products for exfoliating and nourishing would have to be the Cherry Pepper Peel, Mint Poppy Seed Polish, and the Papaya & Pumpkin Mask.
  5. The additional product I recommend would have to be the Facial in a Bottle, Lemon Lightening Serum, and The Balm.

How to Pick the Best Acid for Your Skin

When shopping for new skin care products, you may notice there is a long list of acids and ingredients you cannot pronounce and may not recognize. It is important to know what each kind of acid can do to your face and what skin type of skin it is best for.

Glycolic acid is very common in skin care. It exfoliates the skin, reduces fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and helps with uneven skin tone. This acid is for all skin types and is great for those who have wrinkles and fine lines.

Salicylic is another common acid. This will exfoliate the skin, clear your pores, treat breakouts, and build your elastin and collagen. It is recommended for those who have combination, oily, or acne-prone skin.

Hyaluronic acid will hydrate and plump the skin by drawing in moisture from surrounding environments. This is for all skin types, especially best for dry or acne prone skin that needs an oil-free option.

L-ascorbic acid is also known as pure vitamin C. This is an anti-inflammatory that prevents UV damage, stimulates collagen, and brightens your skin tone. This acid is perfect for all skin types.

Ferulic acid will enhance vitamin A, promote healthy skin, prevent sun damage, fight free radicals, and protect collagen. Like L-ascorbic acid, this is perfect for all skin types.

Citric Acid speeds up cell renewal and balances the pH of your skin. This is best for those with hyperpigmented skin, have dark spots. This will agitate sensitive skin.

Lactic acid exfoliates the skin, speeds up cell turnover, and is naturally occurring. This is great for all skin types, particularly those with acne scarring.

Now that you know a little bit more about the acids that could be found in your face washes, cleansers, and toners, you can choose a product better suited for your skin.

Light Therapy

LED light therapy is a painless skin care treatment that has so many benefits, specifically stimulating collagen and treating mild to moderate acne.  LED uses an array of bright light-emitting diodes that send low-level light energy into the deepest layers of your skin.

Red light stimulates cellular activity to produce collagen and give your skin a plump look. This helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, stretch marks, and reduce the redness that could be the result of aggressive IPL or laser treatments. These results won’t be as dramatic as plastic surgery, IPL, or last, however, it’s gentler, natural, and less expensive.

Blue light works by killing Propionibacterium acnes, which is the bacteria that lives below the surface of the skin and is responsible for acne.

Both red and blue light LEDs are effective when used repeatedly. It is important to get this treatment every month or two and can be a part of larger treatments such as a HydraFacial.

Some other interesting points about LED therapy is that it can help treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in winter months. Also, your eyes can’t be hurt by LED light, so they do not have to be covered.

These treatments are a good choice for those who want to boost collagen or treat mild to moderate acne. This works best in conjunction with a regular skin care routine that you can develop with me.

Which lash type is right for you?

We offer different types of lashes here at Joanna Young Skin; today I’ll help you determine which lash type is right for you; classic, hybrid, or volume lashes.

 

Classic lashes are applied to one natural lash and have a more uniform look about them. These lashes will enhance your look but will still appear natural.

Volume lashes are multiple extensions are made into a fan and applied to one natural lash. Volume lashes are very thin, and light so multiple lashes can be put onto one singular natural lash and create a glamorous, fluffy effect.

Hybrid lashes are a mix of classic and volume lashes. These lashes are sometimes called the Kim K lashes and give you the best of both worlds.

 

How should you determine which style is best for you?

Classic lashes are good for those who have a good number of natural lashes, have few gaps in the lash line, and are trying to achieve a more natural look.

Volume lashes are good for those who are looking for a fuller, darker, bolder look. All sets are custom to your liking and eye shape. I work attentively to ensure you get exactly what you are looking for.

Hybrid lashes are good for those who have fine natural lashes, slight gaps in the lash line, and wanting a fuller look that still appears natural.

 

Some things to know before your lash appointment:

·     Do not use waterproof mascara 3 days prior to your appointment

·     Arrive with a freshly clean face and lashes

·     Avoid using oil-based products around and on the eyes prior to arriving

Ditch the Dark Spots

Dark spots are very common. Older adults, people with fair skin, and those who have spent a lot of time in the sun are most prone to dark spots. They appear most often on sun exposed areas, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Age spots are harmless and don’t need treatment however in some cases, prescription creams and procedures can make them less noticeable. People with darker skin, a spot that is a few shades darker than the skin usually fades within 6 to 12 months.

There are several causes for dark spots. Sun Damage is the most common after exposing skin to the sun or tanning beds. Hormones can play a factor as well. Melasma is a skin condition that causes small patches of skin to have discoloration. This is common in women during pregnancy. Medications can also lead to increased skin pigmentation and dark spots. The most common medications that cause this are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, tetracyclines, and psychotropic drugs. Dark spots can also develop after inflammation of this skin. Inflammation of the skin can be caused by eczema, psoriasis, injury to the skin, or acne. Diabetes can cause areas of the skin to become dark. Conditions associated with diabetes include acanthosis nigricans which causes darkened, velvety skin, and shine spots which people may confuse with age spots.

Here are some ways to treat dark spots:

To prevent dark spots, I suggest using SPF every day, cover up the skin when it is sunny out, and avoid peak sun hours as UV exposure is the main culprit of sun spots.

Misconceptions About Acne

  • You need to dry out your skin
    • Drying out your skin to get rid of your pimples will do nothing but scar. There is a balance that must be met. When trying to dry out your acne, you need to moisturize after to prevent scabbing and scaring.
  • Your skin will clear up if you stop stressing
    • Though stress can cause the body to produce more hormones that stimulate oil production, there are plenty of other causes of breakouts including genetics and hormone fluctuations.
  • Your diet doesn’t affect your acne
    • Foods that are high in glycemic loads, a measure of the amount of carbohydrate a food contains and how it impacts blood sugar, are associated with more pimple problems, especially when it comes to moderate or severe acne. Foods that are low on the glycemic index may help reduce inflammation. Try eating a diet that’s full of whole grains, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and lean protein, ad avoid highly processed and fast foods.
  • Tanning dries up pimples
    • The only good tanning is going to do for your is increase your risk of skin cancer. Tanning and overexposure to harmful UV radiation is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. If you are taking medication for your skin, keep in mind some acne drugs can cause your skin to be even more sensitive to the sun.
  • There is a right way to pop a pimple
    • Popping pimples can leave scars and spread bacteria. Popping pimples can make them more inflamed, linger on your face longer, or cause more to pop up in the surrounding area.
  • You only need one acne medication in your skin care regimen
    • There isn’t going to be a one solves all medication. For example, you may want to pair a prescription topical cream with an over the count benzoyl peroxide product. It may take one or two months to find a formula that addresses your skin’s need.
  • Washing your face more often prevents acne
    • Just because you have acne does not meet your face isn’t clean when you are washing it and washing it more might not be helpful. Washing your face excessively can cause the skin to become more sensitive and more susceptible depending on how strong your facial wash is. Once in the morning and once before you go to bed may be enough but if your skin is super sensitive or you are using a strong face wash, use your best judgement.
  • Sunscreen clogs pores
    • There are actually two types of sunscreen; chemical and psychical. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV light and psychical sunscreens reflect UV rays. Some chemical sunscreens may irritate the skin, causing breakouts, physical sunscreens may actually help kill acne causing bacteria. Look for zinc oxide on the sunscreen label. No more SPF excuses!
  • Stronger products are better
    • The stronger the product the more irrated your skin may become. Be mindful when choosing over the counter products. Depending on your skin type, sensitive products may be a better fit for you.
  • Treat your body acne as you would your face acne
    • Topical products aren’t absorbed as well by your body as they are by your face. This is because the follicles on your body are futher apart from each other than they are on your face. Even the best bacteria blasting products may not do the trick so talk to your dermatologist and watch your diet.

What are your exfoliating habits?

Exfoliating is generally a good thing because it removes dead skin cells. Dead skin can make skin look dry and prevents any treatments you use from being fully absorbed. However, if you exfoliate too often, are too abrasive, or combine multiple exfoliators, the natural oils and healthy bacteria that keep your skin balanced can be stripped which can cause irritation.  More intensive exfoliation once a week (blackberry lime, or mint poppy) Preferably in the evenings so the skin has time to regenerate without being exposed to the elements and you can apply a nice barrier to the skin.

We should rethink how your skin needs to be exfoliated this is where I recommend having a monthly HydraFacial.  Every four weeks you can check in with your esthetician and get idea of what you need, as your skin changes on a seasonal basis it can also change on a monthly basis. Upgrade your facial service with a Marine Mermaid, locks in moisture and increases absorption of active ingredients.

This time of year is really dry and cold, cold air equals dry air. (winter)

 Dry air sucks the moisture out of the skin and compromises the condition of the skin. Dry skin is a weak skin and more vulnerable to irritation an aging. Also, this time of year we have heater on in our homes and indoor heating can have a similar drying effect on the skin as well.  To keep your skin barrier strong and functioning properly I recommend some moisturizers with ingredients that help retain moisture I personally use one by Sorella Apothecary, The Balm, that is recommended as a night cream and has a little bit of beeswax in it. Beeswax provides a protective barrier to help keep the skin nourished while still allowing for it to breath. Black Current Extract is high in vitamin C and rich in fatty acids which reduces inflammation and helps bind moisture to the skin. It has anti-aging benefits as well with Argireline (wrinkle reducer) and palmitoyl tripeptide-37 (potent peptide that’s proven to decrease wrinkles by 45% in 28 days).  Hyaluronic acid serums are great for the new year, Sorella’s Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum layers great under any moisturizer. It contains Snow Mushroom Extract which is 3-4x more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. Also contains niacinamide that reduces inflammation and restores the skin’s natural barrier. Cogan grass provides long time moisturizing benefits without clogging pores.

Sensitive skin it might be a clue that you have a skin condition that has not been yet diagnosed.

For example, the tendency to flush or flash along with persistent redness on your cheeks, forehead and chin are commonly signs of rosacea. Eczema also causes irritation and dry flaky skin, both conditions are best treated by an aesthetician or under a dermatologist’s care.  Sensitive and sensitized are two different things. I find a lot of people don’t make this connection. Sensitive skin is genetic and sensitized is often from outside factors like the with weather, harsh ingredients and or over exfoliation.

Tips:

  • Don’t forget to use a toner.
  • Drink water. We tend to consume a lot of sodium heavy foods this time of year.
  • Lip treatment applied every evening before bed to lock in moisture and heal and repair sensitive lip area
  • In addition, I always recommend cleaning your make up brushes and discarding old make up that may have bacteria buildup on it.

How to choose good foods this holiday season

With the holiday season upon us, I thought this would be a good reminder of the high sugar food and drink that are available for us to consume.  Here are some tips to choose the right foods that will benefit your skin. Whether you don’t have skin care concerns, or you see a dermatologist regularly, it is important to know how the things we eat, and drink affect our skin.  A healthy diet which includes antioxidant-rich foods along with proper hydration will provide you with clearer, heathier looking skin. Also treat yourself to a hydrating facial.

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants in foods, including vitamins A, C and E, and certain minerals, such as selenium boost immune function by quenching free radicals, highly-reactive compounds that are formed as byproducts of normal processes in the body or enter the body from the environment.

 

Vitamin C – The sun can be tough on your skin. Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from cranberries, red bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, greens, brussels sprouts and Blueberries!

 

Vitamin E – Another antioxidant that may help save your skin from sun damage and inflammation is vitamin E. Get it from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, asparagus, leafy greens and carrots.

 

Selenium – This mineral may help protect your skin from cells that gather free radicals.   You can get it from Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, and fish like snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon. Cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta also have selenium.

 

Water, Water, Water! 

Drinking water is one of the healthiest habits you can have for your skin and your entire body.  It keeps your skin moist and that makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells get rid of toxins. Dehydrated skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and congested.  This can cause itching, blackheads, redness, acne, and general blotchiness.  We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many as the water in fruits, veggies, juice, and milk counts toward your total, and will help with your hang over!

 

Or better yet why not get your antioxidants and hydrate at the same time?

Green tea may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can find for your skin, maybe make a cup of tea on your way to a holiday event. It helps stop inflammation and helps slow DNA damage and can even help prevent the sun from burning your skin. You can find green tea in lots of cosmetics, but why not go straight to the source: Drink it! Go for the veggie plate at your next holiday party.

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